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NHL Masks of Legends: Ken Dryden

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst INovember 6, 2008

Ken Dryden's “target mask” was created by James Homuth. Homuth was a professional firefighter and a recreational goaltender from Ottawa who made hockey masks as a hobby. He knew what the challenges were for a goaltender wearing a mask.

“The overriding concerns for Ken were that the mask fit like a glove, and of course the visibility,” Homuth said. “When goalies are tall as Dryden, sometimes they have to lean their head forward more when they crouch and they can’t see pucks right at their feet. For this reason, the bottom of the eye openings on his mask had to be fined-tuned.”

The mask was painted by artist Carl Lamb. It was designed to clearly be seen from a distance. The colors of the Montreal Canadiens were on the mask: Red, white, and blue painted in a bulls-eye design.

Dryden felt a mask design should be simple and should be seen by fans from the top level seats of the arena or at home. He wore this model from 1975 to 1979, with the Habs winning four straight Stanley Cups.

Artist Cam Wilson also made a watercolor painting of the mask. You can see the painting here.




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